Sep 18, 2011 9:30am EDT
the party. c >> hello, i'm tara wall sitting in for bonnie erbe. welcome to "to the contrary," a discussion of news and social trends from diverse perspectives. up first, the nation's capital takes on kids and sex. a new standardized test in the district of columbia will test children on more than just reading and math. this test will have questions on human sexuality, contraception and drug use. the 50-question exam debuts this spring and is the nation's first and only. washington, d.c., has some of the country's highest rates for teen pregnancy and stds and school officials hope the test will explain what knowledge students have about these topics. but sex education and standardized testing are controversial topics for parents and teachers. and some parents are concerned sex education topics will now be taught to the test like reading and math. others praise the district's new initiative but worry it doesn't do enough for prevention. the test will also include questions about exercise, healthy eating and mental health. >> is the district doing the right thing for its students?
Sep 25, 2011 9:30am EDT
>> this week on "to the contrary" with bonnie erbe: up first, an exclusive interview with white house senior advisor valerie jarrett, plus journalist ron suskind on claimwomen felt frozen out in the early days of the obama presidency. behind the headlines, former michigan governor jennifer granholm on her tumultuous years leading that state - and what america can learn from michigan. >> hello, i'm irene natividad in for bonnie erbe. welcome to "to the contrary," a discussion of news and social trends from diverse perspectives. i'm happy to report bonnie will return to the show in two weeks. we begin today with charges the early obama white house was not a good place for women: >> the boys teamed up with the boys and the girls with the girls and all of a sudden, the boys were running things and the women felt left out. >> these charges are in a new book "confidence men," by pulitzer prize-winning journalist ron suskind. he details how top female advisers felt excluded from key policy decisions. senior advisor valerie jarrett does not dispute gender friction in the early days but says i
Sep 11, 2011 9:30am EDT
funding provided by: additional funding provided by: >> this week on "to the contrary with bonnie erbe," up first, president obama's jobs plan. how might it impact women, children and families. then, america on heightened alert as we remember 9/11 ten years later. more on the threat. and we'll hear from a woman who lost her husband in the attacks. behind the headlines, new york senator kirsten gillibrand's campaign urging women to get in the game. hello, i'm linda chavez in for bonnie erbe. welcome to "to the contrary," a discussion of news and social trends from diverse perspectives. we begin with the president's plan to fix the country's job crisis. >> >> after revealing the american jobs act to congress and the american public, president obama is taking his message on the road. the plan creates more jobs for construction workers, teachers, veterans, and the long-term unemployed. it provides tax breaks for companies who hire new workers and cuts payroll taxes in half for every working american and every small business. he also called for reforming the medicare program. >> i real
Sep 3, 2011 11:30am PDT
avis jones-deweever sitting in for bonnie erbe. welcome to "to the contrary," a discussion of news and social trends from diverse perspectives. up first, secretary of labor hilda solis' dedication to women and jobs. in today's challenging economy, women are facing unemployment and a stagnate job market. they're hoping for some good news next week when the president reveals his jobs plan in a national address. secretary solis told "to the contrary" executive producer cari stein the department of labor is working hard to help women succeed in the workforce. >> we see a lot of women who are losing jobs right now in the public sector. and that seems to be the area that we haven't been able to really be able to boost and keep those jobs and part of it is because revenues are down at the state and local government. so we have an over-representation of women in teaching jobs and in the public sector. >> secretary solis says there is also one female population that sometimes gets overlooked but the department of labor is focusing resources on women veterans. >> there is a large percentage